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Congregation Bene Naharayim
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In 1983 the A. A. Society, Inc. purchased a place of worship for the Iraqi Jewish community. The community stressed that Jewish learning, education and religious observance are the pillars required to support a renaissance of a Babylonian Jewish culture in the United States. As a result, a synagogue was purchased in Queens, and a religious organization was established in 1984 under the name of Congregation Bene Naharayim. The synagogue was enlarged and inaugurated in 1986. Since then, the congregation has been active all year long. The services are being conducted according to the Babylonian Jewish "minhag" (practice).

The 2023-2025 members of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Bene Naharayim are listed below:

PresidentShlomo Yadoo
1st Vice PresidentDr. Menachem Darwish
2nd Vice PresidentDr. Cynthia Bessel
TreasurerShaoul Khutaina
SecretarySabah Pishanidar
TrusteesClaude Sikavi,  Nora Iny,  Moshe Zlicha,  Jack Shakarchy,  Orna Sheena,  Nanette Jiji,  Emily Zadka
Honorary Religious AdviserAaron Abrahams z"l
Honarary PresidentDavid Shohet
Honarary Vice PresidentJosephine Akerib z"l
Honarary TrusteesBenjamin Yehuda z"l; Margaret Yadoo


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